JooJoo

JooJoo arrives, is unboxed, is really real!

JooJoo arrives, is unboxed, is really real!

Conspiracy theorists start your engines: either the JooJoo really is shipping, or Fusion Garage have crafted a special unit just for Engadget to unbox and are sitting, sniggering behind their hands at our ongoing gullibility.  Mere days before the iPad is set to hit shelves, the contentious JooJoo has finally arrived and - going by the demo video which you can see after the cut - it even works, too.

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JooJoo tablet updates UI, fully-working Flash support

JooJoo tablet updates UI, fully-working Flash support

Fusion Garage may have delayed shipping its tablet for another entire month due to issues with its capacitive touchscreen, but the company has apparently made very good use of the extra time.  The JooJoo tablet has just been unveiled with a refreshed user interface, as well as fully-implemented Flash support that actually is "fully working".  Oh, and apparently the tablet has also undergone a physical color change, from a basic black to a "champagne-like" hue.

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Fusion Garage on Arrington suit: “sad rants of a person championing a losing cause”

Fusion Garage on Arrington suit: “sad rants of a person championing a losing cause”

The TechCrunch/Fusion Garage saga continues, and as predicted the lawsuit Michael Arrington brought against his former partners over the CrunchPad/JooJoo tablet is only the start of the mud-slinging.  Fusion Garage have released a public rebuttal to Arrington's comments, suggesting that they do, in fact, own the IP involved, that they have already received $3m in funding with another round imminent, and that the TechCrunch founder's complaints are naught but "the sad rants of a person championing a losing cause".

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TechCrunch file lawsuit over JooJoo

TechCrunch file lawsuit over JooJoo

As expected, Michael Arrington and TechCrunch have filed a federal lawsuit against Fusion Garage, over the hotly contested CrunchPad/JooJoo web-tablet project.  The lawsuit - which you can see here - accuses Fusion Garage of "violation of the Lanham Act, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of business ideas, fraud and deceit, and unfair competition" and cites not only correspondence between the two organizations but content from Fusion Garage's now-deleted blog.  Arrington also runs through eight other points, including a passing spank to other blogs that "link to the [JooJoo] pre-sale site without disclosing [Fusion Garage's financial situation] to readers".

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JooJoo gets hands-on video

JooJoo gets hands-on video

Fusion Garage's Chandra Rathakrishnan did say he wanted to show off the new JooJoo webslate (formerly known as the CrunchPad and already mired in controversy) to as many people as possible in their webcast yesterday, and it seems CNET were first in the queue.  They're impressed by the hardware, certainly - the 1,366 x 768 12.1-inch capacitive touchscreen is described as "gorgeous", the form-factor "slim and pleasing to hold" - but they reckon the $499 price tag will end up strangling any chance of sales success.

Video demo after the cut

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